It's been a good day. So good, in fact, I forgot to blog about it until it was almost over.
Today, "The Hitter" was nominated for an Anthony Award.
"The Hitter" first appeared in Needle: A Magazine of Noir (which, if you click through, is still available, by the way), and is scheduled to appear in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011, edited by Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler.
Thanks to Steve and John at Needle. Thanks also to Jon Jordan, crack organizer of Bouchercon, and official nomination announcer-guy. But most of all, thanks to everyone who put my name down on your Anthony ballots; you have my eternal gratitude.
Oh, and congrats to all my fellow nominees! And a little extra-special shout-out to Hilary Davidson, whose debut novel THE DAMAGE DONE was nominated for Best First Novel. Though for my money, to say THE DAMAGE DONE is a great first novel is both true and too faint of praise. In a world of popcorn thrillers, THE DAMAGE DONE's a five-course meal. At once dark, brainy, and propulsive, but with the guts and heart to match, THE DAMAGE DONE announces Hilary Davidson as a major player in the future of crime fiction. (In case you couldn't tell, I'm a bit of a fan.)